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The dark side of open source conferences

The dark side of open source conferences

Posted Dec 1, 2010 21:52 UTC (Wed) by davide.del.vento (guest, #59196)
Parent article: The dark side of open source conferences

Wow, I was unaware of this issue (maybe because I don't go very often to conferences and even less often to afterwards gatherings?)

I guess most people (including myself), male and female, have received "unwanted attentions" at conferences and elsewhere, and that is probably part of the human nature and (although not fun) it could be ok.

But from "unwanted attentions" to plain harassment and the facts described here, it's a huge step in wrong direction. These facts are not acceptable at a tech conference (well, they are not acceptable anywhere).

I'll surely check if there is a policy for dealing with harassment in any conference I'll attend in future, refraining from attending ones that don't, and mentioning the reason to the organizers.

Thanks for bringing this to the attention of LWN readers! I'll share it on my social network (since this article is paywalled, I strongly recommend putting the http://valerieaurora.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/its-not-jus... in the abstract outside the paywall)


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The dark side of open source conferences

Posted Dec 2, 2010 2:15 UTC (Thu) by njs (guest, #40338) [Link]

> Wow, I was unaware of this issue (maybe because I don't go very often to conferences and even less often to afterwards gatherings?)

If you're a privileged type (e.g., white/male/hetero/cisgender/thin/middle-class/..., like me), then it turns out that there's a *huge*, a *shocking* amount of this sort of stuff that goes on all the time around us, and we just don't hear about it. Because it isn't shocking to the people it affects, it's just business as usual, no point in talking about it all the time. (That's what's shocking to us.) And since we aren't affected, we don't see it otherwise.

> I'll share it on my social network (since this article is paywalled,

If you want to share the full article, you can click the "send a free link" button at the bottom of the article, and share that.

The dark side of open source conferences

Posted Dec 2, 2010 9:56 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

Well, some of us hear about it from friends or female relatives. It definitely happens (and yes, I'm told that that learning martial arts *is* a pretty effective last-ditch defence if someone grabs you in a quiet street at night: though often a quick kick where it hurts is just as effective, it can't be effectively employed until the perp's hands are busy).


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